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The APS Remuneration Survey (the Survey) is the source of data for the APS Remuneration Report (the Report), an annual snapshot of remuneration across the Australian Public Service. The Report's findings will provide a breakdown of remuneration across the different classification levels as well as illustrate the changes from year to year. Additionally, this data is also used to create Individual Agency Reports that compare each agency's remuneration data with the overall APS results. Individual Agency Reports will be provided to agency heads or to someone the agency head (or an authorised delegate) has granted access.

Remuneration Survey resources, including the updated Data specifications, are available below.

Previous Remuneration Reports are available here.

Machinery of Government changes

On the 5th December 2019 Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced changes to the structure of the Public Service.  These changes do not alter the reporting period or timeline for the APS Remuneration Survey.  Remuneration survey data is due COB Monday 10th February 2020 for the period 1st January to 31st December 2019.

We are aware some agencies will be impacted by these changes, and are committed to working with agencies to assist in meeting the scheduled timeframes.  Please contact the Remuneration team (remuneration [at] apsc.gov.au) if you have concerns with meeting the scheduled timeframes or have any queries.

Important dates

Important dates for the APS renumeration survey

Dates of effect and deadlines for submission of data



31 December 2019

Date of Effect

10 February 2020

Remuneration data submission due date.
It is appreciated if data files are submitted prior to the due date.

Please note that the collection of Remuneration Survey data is independent of the collection of APSED data.

Changes to Remuneration Survey from 2018 to 2019

There are no new Data Items and no Data Items have been deleted. Minor modifications to items 14 and 15 are outlined below:

Item 14: An additional ‘OTH’ (other – provide details in comments: item 55) data item value has been included to capture other forms of employment instruments (e.g. Workplace Determinations under s266 of the Fair Work Act 2009).  

Item 15: Data item values have been included to distinguish between intent of Public Service Act Determinations:

  • PSAa: pay increases on top of an Enterprise Agreement past its nominal expiry date under PSA Determinations (s24(1)), and
  • PSAb: other types of PSA Determinations (s24(1) & s24(3)).

For more information see Government’s Workplace Bargaining Policy 2018: www.apsc.gov.au/determinations-providing-remuneration-increases.

Sending data to the Commission

Remuneration Survey data must be sent to the Commission securely.

If your agency is on GovLink (a Commonwealth secure Virtual Private Network) you may email data to the Commission as all emails between GovLink agencies are encrypted automatically in transition.

If your agency is not on GovLink, please use the secure method used to upload APSED movement and snapshot files. This is via the GovTeams, which is a digital collaboration service that allows data files to be uploaded and shared in a secure manner to the Commission. If you require an invitation for this GovTeams community, please email: remuneration [at] apsc.gov.au.

Remuneration Survey resources

Remuneration Survey Data Specifications

The Remuneration Survey Data Specifications outline the procedure for completing the Survey, and details the data items to be reported on. The current version is 2019.1.1.

2019 Remuneration Survey Data Specifications (Word 312kb)

Remuneration Survey FAQs

If you have a question that is not covered in the Remuneration Survey FAQs, please contact remuneration [at] apsc.gov.au.

Remuneration Survey FAQs

Excel spreadsheet template

The spreadsheet below has been developed to assist agencies without an automated HR system.

Remuneration Survey Excel template

Column header template

The template below can be used to assist you with viewing raw data. It shows the name and number of each data item, and is colour coded to show fields that are related to each other. If you fill out one of these coloured fields you must also complete the field with the corresponding colour. The fields that are shaded yellow must contain a value for all employees. The template prints on to one A4 landscape page.

Remuneration Survey column headers

List of allowances

This document lists all the known allowances and in which Data Item each allowance should go. It also shows some allowances that are 'out of scope' and should not be reported.

If you have a question regarding an allowance that is not covered in this list please contact remuneration [at] apsc.gov.au.

Allowance list

Remuneration Survey Business Validation Rules

The Remuneration Survey Business Validation Rules outlines the criterions used in the process of validating data received for the Remuneration Survey by agencies. Data validation ensures that the data received meets the standards, according to the data specifications (see above), and also allows to check that data falls into the appropriate parameters. The purpose of the release of the Remuneration Survey Business Validation Rules exists to ensure improved data quality and streamline the remuneration reporting process in the current and future cycles.  

APS Remuneration Survey Business Validation Rules


Information collected for the Commission must be treated in accordance with the Australian Privacy Principles (APPs) of the Privacy Act 1988 (the Privacy Act) and compliance with these APPs is the responsibility of each agency. In particular, agencies are required to advise employees that they are disclosing employees' information to the Commission. To assist agencies in ensuring that they comply with the Privacy Act when providing APS employment information, the Commission has prepared the collection notice below.

APS Remuneration Survey Data Collection Notice

Contact us

If you have any questions about the Survey, please contact the project team:

Email: remuneration [at] apsc.gov.au

Last reviewed: 
13 December 2019